I’m Home

 Faith, family, Homekeeping  Comments Off on I’m Home
Dec 212015
 

Life sure takes many twists and turns in life it seems.

We’re finally nearly all settled in our new home. Never, in a million years would i have dreamed we could be settled on nearly three and a half acres in a house about twice the size we were crammed in. We have room to live without tripping over each other. The house isn’t crammed full of items that have literally no place to go.

I have an actual laundry/mud room now.

I can send the girls outside to play without worrying about who might have just moved into the rent by the week apartments next door or police chases through the alley. Or having federal snipers the next block over along with a full blockade trying to take in a guy on federal warrants. Now our excitement consists of watching one neighbor’s baby goats frolic in the pasture. The neighbor’s across the lane have a horse that loves getting pet. Then there was the evening they had friends picking up a horse they were horse-sitting and the yearling they brought along to get used to the trailer got out and ran off.

IMG_20151221_112150

Right now, the girls are outside blowing bubbles, pretending it is snowing. Hubby got an unexpected day of and he is out cutting down a locust tree. I’m thinking of using the thorns to make crown of thorns for Easter. We have a lot of locust trees to take down. I’m supposed to be making the menu and grocery list for Christmas.

I can’t wait for spring. I’m planning my future poultry order. Can’t wait for fresh eggs and meat. We’re considering a few goats of our own. And i need to research beekeeping. We’re going to slowly build a good vegetable garden.

This is the first home I’ve lived in for a good twenty years, where i feel like I’m at home. At least my temporary earthly home. But this feeling of being where I belong is wonderful. I’ve not felt at home in any of the places I’ve lived in many, many years. I feel welcome and safe in my own house. Peace and contentment floods me everyday here.

Merry Christmas from Created for Home and Kairos Acres and Academy. May your season be blessed as ours is.

Balanced by Tricia Goyer, a Review

 Book Reviews, Faith, family, Homekeeping, homeschooling  Comments Off on Balanced by Tricia Goyer, a Review
Mar 112014
 

In accordance with the FTC, I was given a copy of Balanced by Tricia Goyer for review as part of her launch team. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

I am a stay at home mom. My days are spent homeschooling the girls, keeping up the house and wondering how in the world it is the end of the day already and it seems I have gotten nothing accomplished. I have dreams of several big projects that have been swimming in my head for several years now. This blog being one of them. Yet, it seems that when I sit and work on my dreams, the house falls apart, the girls need something right that minute, and the doubts come creeping in that maybe my dreams really don’t matter. Then things seem to settle down in our lives (can we say the last year and a half has been super chaotic at times?) and I make plans to start working on my dreams and another surprise comes down the pike at full speed.

Tricia Goyer wrote Balanced to show that it is possible to live out the dreams that God has placed in your life while being a mom (and homeschooling), a wife, volunteer and living the life we are called to. She makes no bones about it being easy, but lays out the foundations for us women who work at home in any capacity to show us that with the proper attitude and priority we can get more done. This book is centered on faith and being grounded in God and how everything else stems from there.

Be encouraged, you can work from home successfully as a super busy wife and mother. It isn’t some elusive dream that is unattainable until you finally drop your last child off at college. My girls are 7 and 6 now, they are in the super hands-on stage of homeschooling for me, I have a house to take care of, meals to cook, groceries to buy, and in October a new baby to add to the mix. I know the journey towards the fulfillment of the dreams God has given me will never be easy. It will always be easier to just put it off until later. But later never comes. Balanced has given me the hope that even though life keeps happening, there is still time for dreams I have in my heart.

Grab yourself a copy of this book if you are wondering how in the world you can get anything done with your life. You will be so glad you did. This book blessed me beyond words and it will do the same for you.

Homeschooling Mommy Encouragement Giveaway!

 family, Giveaways, homeschooling  Comments Off on Homeschooling Mommy Encouragement Giveaway!
Feb 112014
 

Being a homeschooling mom can be tough. For example, this morning the Bugs didn’t want to do the entirety of her math assignment. She tried convincing me that she only needed to do the front page of her work, or she would be doing two lessons. There was crying, wailing and gnashing of teeth on her part. This afternoon is also her turn to go to Grandma’s house to hang out (on Tuesdays, Grandma comes and takes one of the girls typically out to eat and over to her house to hang out). So, she was told that unless she did all of her assigned work, and stopped carrying on, she would have to call Grandma and tell her that Beans was going to be going to with her today instead so she could stay home and finish her assignments. Her math work was done in record time, no more complaining and it was all done correctly instead of her usual “I was in a hurry” mistakes. Yeah, homeschooling is just like parenting is, it isn’t for wimps, but it is so worth it.

The Ultimate Homeschooling Mommy Encouragement Giveaway!

How would you like to win a prize package full of encouragement just for you? This giveaway is brought to you by the Great Waters Press Launch team for Hal and Melanie Young’s wonderful new book, My Beloved and My Friend! (Created for Home is not affiliated with any of the providers of these prizes). All you have to do is go to the Rafflecopter form (if it isn’t automatically showing up, click the hyperlink for it) and fill it out! Simple as that!

While you are here, what is the best resource that you have found to gain encouragement as a homeschooling mom?

For this giveaway, we have a sweet collection of prizes sure to inspire and rejuvenate Homeschooling Moms!

Molly Green Membership from The Old Schoolhouse
Schoolhouse Expo Ticket from The Old Schoolhouse
2014 Annual Print Edition of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine from The Old Schoolhouse
Your Child’s Profession of Faith from Grace and Truth Books
31 Days in Psalm 37 form Doorposts
Seasons At Home Magazine One Year Subscription from A Joyous Home
Training and Correcting Hearts with Scripture from The Character Corner
Learning to Treasure God’s Word: A study of Psalm 119 from The Character Corner

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jan 082014
 

Yes, I realize we are on January 8th right now and I should have probably gotten my resolutions/word for the year post done last week. Having HubbaHubba home for nearly two weeks, a weird round of winter weather hit, and our plans for the holidays get up-ended twice threw me for a loop and a half…Then we all took turns with a super severe cold that threw us intermittently into bed. Yes, it was a rather interesting holiday break for us.

I have been choosing a word to focus on for the year the last couple of years. This year, I have chosen the word Legacy. I want to remember that everything I do is leaving a legacy for my children. All of my choices for my personal life leave a legacy for them, my marriage to HubbaHubba is leaving a legacy, my choices in food, housekeeping, education, all contributes to the legacy I’m leaving them. I want them to have a terrific legacy. A legacy that I wasn’t given. I want better for them, so each decision I make, I am weighing the outcome to how it will affect my girls when they are my age and beyond. I want them to have a legacy of love, hope, joy, peace, diligence, health. And what I pass down to them is totally up to me.

I haven’t made resolutions for years. I hated breaking them in the first few days. However, I’ve come to realize that without goals and plan, nothing gets done….so, this year, I intend to:

Work on the women’s mentorship/education website I have dreamed of having for the last few years. I’m trying to settle on web design this month for it and figuring out the features and how I want it to work so my web designer can finally get to work on this rather huge project…

Continue towards a healthier me. I started Trim Healthy Mama last year in the spring. I had several weeks where I couldn’t stay on this incredible plan due to life throwing me curve ball after curve ball, but in about the seven months I was fairly faithful, I have managed to lose 40 pounds. At least 80 more to go, and with extra diligence and work, I think I can get most of it off in the next 12 months. I also got T-Tapp for working out, I need to be way more diligent on using it…I’ve seen the results of these workouts, they are way more friendly than harder ones, and I know I can do it, I just have to be more purposeful in setting aside the time to do it.

What are your goals for this year? Do you chose a word to focus on?

The Painted Table, a Litfuse Review, AND Chance to Win a Painted Table for Yourself

 Faith, family, Giveaways, Litfuse, Marriage, Womanhood  Comments Off on The Painted Table, a Litfuse Review, AND Chance to Win a Painted Table for Yourself
Jan 072014
 

I was provided a copy of The Painted Table by Suzanne Field through Litfuse for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and mine alone, no other compensation was received.

Banner in turquoise and orange for the Painted Table

The Painted Table looked like an interesting book when the opportunity came up for me to review it. it is the story about a family and an heirloom Norwegian table. A story of pain, mental illness, emotional abuse, and healing.

Safee inherits her mother’s antique Norwegian table. She remembers when it first came to them in a beautiful natural wood. However, the state the table is in when she first gets it (against her wishes) is anything but of beauty. It has layer upon layer of paint plastered upon it, and is an ebeneezer to the emotional crippling she received as a child. Yet, with the persistence of her husband, she starts the process of restoring the table to it’s natural beauty and in the process finds peace and healing over her past.

This book is a hard read. Especially for anyone who has suffered through abuse as a child, or seen the ravages of mental illness close hand. However, this book is well worth the difficulty in reading. Suzanne Field takes the reader on a journey that brought me to tears as memories of my upbringing came to the surface, I so identified with Saffee as she went off to college and learned to have a life of her own that wasn’t controlled by her mother. I also identified with her mother’s upbringing which is how the book starts. It wasn’t ideal either and while the first half of the book seems a bit choppy in moving through time, those parts are desperately needed to see how and why everyone turned out the way they did. By the end of the book, I was a blubbering mess as I realized how similar I was to Saffee in regards to my emotions and how I reacted to things. And as she learned a better way of living, I found myself cheering her on to a life of normalcy and of breaking the patterns set by the generations before her. (I too am breaking patterns that were set for me in previous generations, and it is hard, and this book doesn’t sugar coat it at all).

This review, is honestly, very hard for me to write. This book impacted me so profoundly that I am having a very difficult time seperating myself from the review. Just suffice it to say, I think that everyone needs to read this book, especially counselors and pastors. This is a good book to give to someone struggling with the abuse and mental illness that they grew up with or have in their family. It shows a shining example of how with faith and a great support system, we can overcome the pain of the past in story form. Stories teach sometimes better than a lecture can and are less threatening. This book is terrific for that.

You can connect with Suzanne Field on FACEBOOK

And to feel free to PURCHASE your own copy of this book.

Suzanne Field is celebrating her novel The Painted Table with a beautiful hand-painted table giveaway!

paintedtable-400

One winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on January 18th. Winner will be announced January 20th on Thomas Nelson’s Facebook Page.


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by the TNZ Facebook Page on the 20th to see if you won.

About the book: A beautiful heirloom ingrained with family memory has become a totem of a life Saffee would rather forget—a childhood disrupted by her mother’s mental illness.
Saffee does not want the table. By the time she inherits the object of her mother’s obsession, the surface is thick with haphazard layers of paint, and heavy with unsettling memories.

After a childhood spent watching her mother slide steadily into insanity, painting and re-painting the ancient table, Saffee has come to fear that seeds of psychosis may lie dormant within her. But as an adult with a family of her own, Saffee must confront her mother’s torment if she wants to defend herself against it.

Traversing four generations over the course of a century, The Painted Table is an epic portrait of inherited memory, proclivity, and guilt. It is a sprawling narrative affirmation that a family artifact—like a family member—can bear the marks of one’s entire past . . . as well as intimations of one’s redemption.

About the author: Suzanne Field, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, has taught English as a Second Language in China, Ukraine, and Hawaii. She has also been a magazine editor and home-school teacher. She and her husband have five children and divide their time between Kansas and Hawaii where she is a tutor and mentor.